Dedicated hosting is a hosting environment where one or more servers are dedicated for a single client. The client effectively leases the server from the hosting provider.
The hosting provider provides the server machine, the connectivity and the required software and operating system to run the server. Dedicated hosting can also be split into two categories managed and unmanaged dedicated hosting. For managed dedicated hosting, the hosting provider will provide the services of running and maintaining the server within their own datacenter.
This is a good choice if you dont have the personnel, money or time to operate in-house servers.
This is the choice for businesses that do not want to be bogged down by server management activities.
For unmanaged dedicated hosting, there will be a lot of support and maintenance features that are not provided by the hosting provider and will be done by the customers themselves.
This is normally the hosting choice for system administrators who want to manage their server software themselves, but not have to deal with the overhead of hardware maintenance.
Dedicated hosting is the opposite of shared hosting where the resources are shared among different customers.
It is crucial for large and complex websites that require plenty of disk space, bandwidth, applications and software to operate.
This hosting type is the perfect choice for websites to maintain a high volume of traffic and fast data transfer. This model allows the webmaster to have total control of their website since the performance not affected by the consumption of others website.
For web developers, installation and embedding of complex applications such as online shopping tools and automation software tools can be done without affecting the stability of the servers.
It is important that you find out the range of services offered by different hosting providers as there is no standard set out for managed dedicated hosting.
There will be different levels of support provided, e.g platinum, gold, silver, bronze each with a corresponding pricing scale. These are usually chosen based on the service levels dictated by the critically of the system as determined by the business.
There are also different set ups and maintenance scope for the servers. For example, there are hosting providers who provide a shared infrastructure for backend databases or data warehouses, while the clients host their applications separately on other servers which may be dedicated, in house or shared.
Conversely, there are also configurations whereby the application is hosted on a shared infrastructure while the backend database on dedicated server.
In terms of security, the control of security features for a dedicated hosting is far greater compared to a shared hosting.
For a dedicated hosting service, the hosting provider will normally provide strong security features to protect from any degradation of performance of the serveres and networks.
Most hosting companies will also maintain an AV or malware protection solution too.
Additionally, the dedicated server can only be accessed by the site owner and the hosting provider which minimises the risk of security breaches.
In summary, the take-up for dedicated hosting will definitely increase significantly due to the booming of complex e-commerce websites and various enhanced functionalities that websites are able to offer, thus requiring more resources and stability on the hosting platform.
For beginners is to start small with shared hosting, then as the business grows they will want to to the websites functionality, and perhaps moving in to a dedicated hosting environment.